Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC)

2015 Schedule

*Indicates new workshop for 2015

Many of these workshops will also be available in 2016

  • Session I A
    July 13-17, 2015
  • Session I B
    July 15-17, 2015
  • Sample of SIIC
    July 18, 2015
  • Session II A
    July 20-24, 2015
  • Session II B
    July 20-22, 2015
  • Session II C
    July 23-24, 2015
  • SIIC Fellows Program
    July 6-23, 2016
  • New Interculturalists' Program
    July 10-17, 2016
Session I B: 3-Day Concurrent Workshops, July 15-17, 2015

12.   China: Encountering the Culture of a Rising Power   George Renwick
13.   Assessing Intercultural Competence   Michael Stevens
14.   Foundations of Intercultural Coaching   T. Glen Sebera
15.   Defining, Developing, and Defusing Difficult Dialogues   Anita Rowe, Donna Stringer
17.   Storytelling for Intercultural Reflection   Anne P. Copeland
*19.   Dignity, Diversity, and Development in the Workplace   Valerie White
Sample of SIIC: One-Day Workshops

These fast-paced mini-seminars are designed for those who want a sample of the Summer Institute experience but don’t have a lot of time. You can also conveniently add one of these workshops to the beginning or end of your program. The faculty are chosen from the ICI/SIIC network and topics reflect interest areas suggested by former participants. This is a great way to spend a day!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A.   Being Culturally Agile: Cultural Calisthenics From Assessment to Application   Carol French, April Lewis
B.   Dealing with Privilege: Thinking Clearly and Acting Effectively   Carlos Cortés
D.   Intercultural Career Planning   Mary Meares
E.   It Goes Without Saying: The Still-Radical Vision of Edward T. Hall   John Condon
G.   Developing a Culture of Resiliency   Glen Fahs, Michelle Atlas
*H.   Gaming Agility: Getting More Out of Our Tools   Dianne Hofner Saphiere, Daniel Cantor Yalowitz
*I.   Engaging Islam: A Perspective for Educators   Amer F. Ahmed
Session II C: 2-Day Concurrent Workshops, July 23-24, 2015

38.   Training Methods for Exploring Identity
  Tatyana Fertelmeyster
39.   Advanced Workshop: Coaching Global Managers   George Renwick
*40.   The Neuroscience of Intercultural Relations   Shannon Murphy Robinson
SIIC Fellows Program, July 6-25, 2016

The SIIC Fellows Program offers an opportunity to explore the field of intercultural communication, to assess career direction, to commit to a personal intercultural practice, and to learn about intercultural team development by working directly with other Fellows, SIIC staff, and faculty. This is one of two SIIC programs with a formal selection procedure. Our Fellows typically range in age from 25 to 70 and come from dozens of different cultures and professions. Approximately 30 Fellows will be chosen for 2016. Criteria for selection are:
  • Some knowledge of the intercultural field
  • Professional experience or at least graduate student status
  • Commitment to a career in the related to intercultural relations
  • Enthusiasm for working in a support/service capacity, while also learning at the Institute

During the Fellows Session preceding SIIC, Fellows receive professional development in multicultural team processes based on the practice of Personal Leadership. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative learning, and a rare opportunity for diverse individuals with a common interest to explore the role of intercultural communication in their lives.

During Sessions I and II A, Fellows participate in workshops while also providing logistic and other assistance to the workshop faculty. In Session II A, they have the opportunity to discuss design and group process issues with the faculty. In addition, Fellows support SIIC in a variety of roles from setup and hosting, to assisting participants in the library and bookstore.

Financially, the SIIC Fellows Program represents a significant tuition discount. Fellows pay reduced tuition, room, and board for the first week of the Fellows Program, which includes the multicultural team training with the Fellows faculty, as well as for Sessions I A and II B. The Fellows Program is a combination of a mentoring program and a chance to get a different and more extensive behind-the-scenes Institute experience.

The total cost for Fellows (tuition and room and board for the whole Fellows Program) is $TBA. Fellows should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, July 6, and depart no sooner than Saturday morning, July 23. The application form will be available in the spring of 2016. The deadline for early acceptance, particularly for international applicants needing visas, is Friday, April 29, 2016. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 27, 2016.

Fellows Program Faculty: Gordon Watanabe

Gordon WatanabeDr. Gordon C. Watanabe, a founding partner of Personal Leadership Seminars, consults in corporate, educational, and other organizational settings (most recently the Esalen Institute) on Personal Leadership, diversity, and intercultural competence. He is a professor emeritus and former special assistant to the president for intercultural relations at Whitworth University, where he focused on the role of deep self-understanding in successful cross-cultural negotiations and intercultural team building. Gordon was initiated as a meditation teacher in 2000, and now also offers energy meditation seminars. He has taught middle school biology and teacher education, and advised and counseled university-level international, study abroad, and minority students.




Returning Fellows Program Faculty: Sherwood Smith

Sherwood SmithSherwood Smith, Ed.D is the Senior Executive Officer for Engagement and Professional Development and a lecturer at University of Vermont’s Department of Integrated Professional Studies. He has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, a cooperative extension agent, an adjunct faculty member for the School for International Training in Kenya, the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Pennsylvania State University, and faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. His courses focus on issues related to theories of prejudice, cross-cultural influences on development, and multicultural education. Sherwood’s most recent publication is a collaboration titled, “When the Unexpected Happens: Navigating Difficult Conversations and Moments in Higher Education” in S. Harris and S. Edmonson’s Critical Social Justice Issues for School Practitioners.

New Interculturalists' Program, July 10-17, 2016

Designed for those interested in a glimpse of SIIC behind the scenes, the New Interculturalists Program begins just before Session I, and offers an Institute immersion experience, an introduction to the field of intercultural relations, and an exploration of professional opportunities. All New Interculturalists will also attend a three-day workshop and a one-day Sample of SIIC class, where they will work closely with faculty in a support capacity. This is an opportunity to not only see behind the scenes but also be behind the scenes at SIIC and gain considerable insight into what drives the field and those who are actively engaged in it.

Ideal candidates for this program are recent college graduates interested in testing whether intercultural work is right for them, those considering intercultural graduate school, or professionals shifting from another field into intercultural careers.

Participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn how to become more deeply engaged in intercultural training, research, and education
  • Examine career options for using intercultural knowledge and skills
  • Review core concepts in intercultural relations, including the history of the field
  • Be a part of the team that implements the Summer Institute

Through a mixture of discussion, presentation, exercises, and service to SIIC, New Interculturalists will experience both the theory and practice of intercultural relations. This is one of two SIIC programs with a formal selection procedure, and enrollment is limited so participants can receive more personal attention.

The total cost for the New Interculturalists Program (tuition and room and board for the session) is $TBA. New Interculturalists should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening, July 10, and depart no sooner than Sunday morning, July 17. The application form will be available in the spring of 2016. The deadline for early acceptance, particularly for international applicants needing visas, is Friday, April 29, 2016. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 27, 2016.